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How can control my heart rate during running?

The primary way to reduce your heart rate is to reduce the pace. The other way is to improve the technique, which will increase the efficiency, however this is not easy and the result is not likely to ...
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Is it possible to measure calorie burn from heart rate alone?

Some guys at Stanford did some actual experiments on this :) Got people to do various forms of exercise, such as sitting, running, and cycling. They measured the oxygen and carbon dioxide in breath, ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

Heart rate monitors can be broadly classified into thee groups based on how they communicate with the fitness equipment. They are - Bluetooth - Most latest HRMs these days use bluetooth to ...
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Big difference in Heart Rate Monitor meassures

Reading heart rates accurately can be a tricky thing. The bands and watches use a little bright light that flashes really fast to read blood density changes in the veins of the arm and wrist. Chest ...
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How to measure Recovery Heart Rate

According to this article: heart-rate recovery is defined as the decrease in person's heart rate, measured 1 minute after peak exercise with "peak exercise" described as being as strenuous as ...
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Should marathon races be done at an even pace throughout or at a constant effort?

While I don’t have a specific answer for marathon running, I can relate it to a somewhat similar requirement. I feel the methodology utilized would share some of the same characteristics. As a ...
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Are heart rate monitors in watches or exercise machines more accurate?

The standard protocol for networked fitness devices is is ANT, with ANT+ typically implemented for interoperability. The standard for heart rate devices is to send full pages of compiled data from the ...
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Is there an "optimum level" of HR for conditioning benefit?

By conditioning I assume that you are talking about VO2 max which is approximated nicely by the Cooper test. Interval training is the best way to increase your Cooper score. Here is my heart rate as a ...
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Is it possible to measure calorie burn from heart rate alone?

I'm sorry but I don't see being able to calculate without the vo2 max or at least the persons resting heart rate. I use my bmr + (average heart rate - resting heart rate)*6 and it comes out very ...
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Is it possible to measure calorie burn from heart rate alone?

You might be able to calibrate it using a rowing machine, which I assume calculates calories based on force x distance, and/or treadmills which you can set at different gradients to separate out the ...
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What should I be looking for in a heart rate monitor?

I think it depends on what you are trying to achieve. If your doctor tells you (as mine did me) that you need an HRM, that means, Doc is concerned, you should be too, and so, accuracy is extremely ...
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What fitness trackers work well for cyclist?

One option is the Garmin Vivosmart. It is a regular activity tracker, that you wear on your wrist, and counts steps when walking or running. For cycling, it can connect to an ANT+ bicycle speed ...
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What fitness trackers work well for cyclist?

I personally recommend using the TIMEX RUNKEEPER 1.0 (NOT THE 2.0). Among other things, this watch allows one to: Select an activity (walking, running, cycling, . . . many others). Monitor and ...
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Bizarre heart rate while running

There are times when your heart rate monitor will not measure the correct rate. For example if you chest is too dry or two wet or it is moving around and you loose connection. My Garmin HR monitor ...
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Do accurate strapless heart rate monitors exist?

There is relatively new technology, which others have linked to, called optical heart rate monitoring. Examples of products that use it include: Mio Link TomTom Cardio Runner and others And a few ...
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How to measure my Maximum Heart Rate with a stationary bike and a heart monitor?

In this article, I've found this protocol: Warm up thoroughly. I suggest spending about 5 minutes until you break a light sweat. Run or Bike for 4 minutes. You should be too out of breath to talk. ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

Most gym equipment used the old 5 (more exactly 5.3) khz am transmitter like an uncoded Polar t31 or lots of monitors available on ebay for about 13-23 bucks. those transmitter have a range of about ...
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Disadvantages of running without Heart Rate Monitor

Heart rate monitors are pretty new to the world of running. People have been running without them for decades, even hundreds of years (although the first person to run a marathon died, but that's only ...
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Fitness tracker band shows inaccurate heart rate on hills?

Fitness trackers use a technology called Photoplethysmogram to record heart rate which basically flashes a green light on your skin and it reads how much light reflects back. The volume of blood under ...
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Low heart rate with intense workout

Our perception of physical exertion can be very subjective, based heavily upon our proficiency in a given exercise, as well as other factors such as fatigue, mood, and anxiety. If we are regular ...
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Disadvantages of running without Heart Rate Monitor

If you really want to get better, you need a lot more consistency than what you have outlined in your post. Endurance running improvements (For the most part) are simply a matter of putting in the ...
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Disadvantages of running without Heart Rate Monitor

The main risk of training without HR is going to hard. The cardiovascular system can be damaged when constanty pushing it too far. But if you know yourself well and have no ambition to do structured ...
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Disadvantages of running without Heart Rate Monitor

The thing is, if you want to take running a bit more serious and want to improve, you want to train in different heartrate zones. Training without one will often result in training too hard, which ...
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Heartrate bump 10mins into exercise

I would argue that the first 10 minutes are likely erroneous readings - it is not really conceivable for your heart rate to shoot up by 40bpm for no increase in effort after 10 minutes. The steady ...
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Training in HR Zone 5

I would say : Listen to your body and track your progression rather than blindly following prescription such as "don't train too much in zone 5" First, you may not actually be in your zone 5. Your ...
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How do you use a heart rate monitor for track workouts and speed work?

It means that, for example: If resting heart rate is 50bpm and VO2 Max HR is 200 bpm (easy numbers), then your 'working heart rate' for the majority of your speed work should be 90% of your VO2 ...
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Garmin Forerunner 225 for High intensity workouts

Its main feature is that it measures your heart rate and can use it to calculate calories burnt over any exercise. It's not as good as using a heart rate monitor strap because it measures at the ...
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Continuous HRM with notification

You probably want a Fitbit. For more information on the specific product offerings (for trackers with a heart rate monitor): https://www.fitbit.com/uk/purepulse I have had a fitbit before and I ...
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Should marathon races be done at an even pace throughout or at a constant effort?

General Answer If you want to economize I'd say that you'd be best at keeping not pace, but the same effort all along. If someone states that you should be running faster at the end, the question ...
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RunKeeper fails to pick up my heart rate

Just make sure the entire rubber area is moist enough right before you put the strap on. It should work immediately.
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